(BEIJING, April 25) -- Beijing is making renewed efforts to provide
timely and accurate weather forecasts during the Olympic Games in 2008.
The Beijing Meteorological Bureau has established a weather service center
for this purpose, vice director Wang Jianjie told a press conference at the
Beijing Olympic Media Center on Wednesday.
The center is responsible for the release of weather forecasts for Beijing
and the co-host cities of the Olympics, she said.
Wang said that forecasting for the Olympics is a tough job in terms of time,
space, accuracy and content. However, her bureau has already submitted service
outlines and operational plans to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games
of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in
She said Beijing has installed new radars and launched new weather satellites
in the past two years with the aim of gathering meteorological information on
time. In addition, it is upgrading computer and intranet technologies.
"The research and development of these new technologies is supported by the
State Ministry of Science and Technology, as we need to give quality services
forecasting and early warning," Wang said.
According to Wang, Beijing has also obtained the support of the World
Meteorological Organization through its research project for the Beijing
Olympics. Some WMO members, including the United States and Australia, are also
helping Beijing to find new technologies for efficient now-casting and aggregate
To raise the level of its forecast teams, Beijing is pooling talents from
across the nation and recruiting volunteers for weather service. Since 2006, a
number of mock training exercises have been held and the "Good Luck Beijing"
test events this year will provide more training opportunities, Wang added.